Heavy rain inundates St. John Parish; officials warn of additional flooding

Published 5:51 pm Saturday, June 3, 2017

LAPLACE — More than three inches of rain fell in LaPlace today (Saturday) and more storms are anticipated through Tuesday.

St. John the Baptist Parish Government said ditches and drainage systems remain full and saturated.

The National Weather Service is expecting extended periods of additional rainfall to impact the region, including St. John the Baptist Parish, through Tuesday.

LaPlace gauges recorded 3.27 inches of rainfall at St. Andrews and 2.28 inches at the Emergency Operations Center with locally higher amounts possible.  Approximately 1.98 inches was recorded in Reserve and 1.18 in Garyville.

Residents are asked to secure garbage cans and any yard debris as best as they can and pick up tree branches to avoid entering the drainage system.

With already saturated grounds and flooded drainage outlets, St. John officials said additional rainfall will quickly lead to runoff and street flooding.  Residents should call 9-1-1 to report drainage, sewage or flooding problems immediately.

Parish officials ask motorists to use caution when venturing outdoors or operating vehicles in heavy rainfall. Motorists are warned to never drive through ponding water.

The Public Works Department and Utilities will work throughout the evening and for the duration of the event to check all pump stations, lift stations and clear drainage canals.

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